It's spring marathon season, so well done to club members competing over 26.2 miles across Ireland, Europe and the USA. Here are a selection results - well done to all and let us know if anyone else is competing:
Congratulations to the five Rathfarnham teams who represented the club in the National Road Relays in Raheny yesterday. First event of the afternoon was the Masters Women’s race in which our team finished in 6th place. Vanessa Sallier kicked off the first mile leg in a time of 6.08, followed by Maria Dolan who ran 12.21 for two miles, and Donna Mahon who completed the anchor leg in 6.08. In the competitive Masters Men’s race the M35+ team of Turlough Conway (4.51 for the first mile), Paul Fleming (9.58 for the two mile leg) and Ronan Kearns (4.52 for the final leg) made a valiant strike at bronze and were unlucky to miss the mark by less than a second. Our second team finished a creditable 11th, with Michael Freeley running 4.51 for the first leg, Shane O’Neill running 10.25 for the two mile leg, and Tom Cuddy transferring from the M50+ team to complete the last leg in 5.40. In the final race of the day our two Senior Men’s teams put in solid performances, finishing 8th and 21st respectively. On the A team Louis McCarthy ran 9.53 for the first two mile leg, followed by Barry Minnock (4.41 for one mile), Paul Stephen (15.19 for the three mile leg) and Eoghain McGinley (9.54 for the two mile anchor leg). David Scanlon ran the first leg on the B team in 10.05, followed by David Danagher (5.52), Brian Furey (16.05) and Kevin Donagher (10.41). Well done to all. Full results are on the AAI site and some photos are in the gallery.
Master Women: Maria Dolan, Donna Mahon & Vanessa Sallier
Master Men "A"; Ronan Kearns, Turlough Conway & Paul Fleming
Senior Men "A": Eoghain McGinley, Louis McCarthy, Paul Stephenson & Barry Minnock
Congradulations to the David Scanlon and Stephen Gafney who competed at the 2015 IUAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The event was held at the Mary Peter's Track in Belfast and was the final event in University athletics calender.
David Scanlon (DCU) came in sixth place in the 10,000m race in a time of 33:34. This was a 43 second improvement for David from the same race last year. Stephen Gafney (UCD) qualified for the 100m final after finishing first in both his heat and semi-final. In the final itself Stephen finished in fifth place in a time of 11:00. Stephen was also a member of the UCD 4x400m relay team who finished in second place.
The overall championships were eventually one by Dublin City University. Full results of the championship are avaliable on the IUAA website.
Over 40 runners from the club competed in the Great Ireland Run, which doubled as the AAI National 10km Championships. The Phoenix Park hosted the elite men and women, including 4 from Rathfarnham, which was a great reflection of the strength of road running in the club. Weather conditions were good, with bright sunshine and a strong wind making the 2nd half of the course much tougher than the first 5km.
Barry Minnock led the way home in 31:58 (18th), followed by Louis McCarthy 32:30, Eoghain McGinley 32:41, Brian Furey 33:12. The men's team finished 2nd overall, securing silver behind Leevale AC. Derval Devaney led the women's team home, in 40:01, followed by Valerie McGuinness 42:18, Clare Sullivan 42:34, Lorraine Nolan 42:52.